Dr. Peters holds degrees from the University of California, the University of Chicago, and Emory University. Her undergraduate thesis on the Dead Sea Scrolls was awarded High Honors. She was one of two recipients in Religious Studies of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for graduate studies (2004-2008). Her research appears in top peer-reviewed journals such as Biblica, JECH/APB, JSP, and Neotestamentica. She has presented at classics and religious studies conferences at universities such as Princeton and Tufts. Dr. Peters has contributed to national magazines such as America. She has taught at Dominican University, the University of St. Francis, Lake Superior State University, and Emory University.

In addition to her academic pursuits, she has done environmental work with faith-based organizations (Floresta and La Jolla Presbyterian) in Oaxaca, edited the college newsletter of Revelle College at UCSD (Revellations), fed the homeless with Christian campus organizations at UCSD, served on the Education and Faith Committee of the Catholic Community at UCSD, translated business documents between French and English (San Diego, CA), tutored English and civics for Boat People SOS (Atlanta, GA), coordinated veterans and emergency preparedness programs for AmeriCorps and the American Red Cross (Chicago, IL), taught physical education at a charter school (Los Angeles, CA), worked on a political campaign (Los Angeles, CA), and coordinated research for University of California science research station.


2013       Ph.D., Emory University

2005       A.M., University of Chicago

2003       B.A., University of California, San Diego

Other Publications


Paul and the Citizen Body. (Forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press.)


Journal (peer-reviewed)

“Gendered Activity and Jesus’s Saying Not to Worry.” Neotestamentica 50.1 (2016): 35-52.

“Rahab, Esther, and Judith as Models for Church Leadership in 1 Clement.” Journal of Early Christian History 5.2 (2015): 94-110.

“Crowns in 1 Thessalonians, Philippians, and 1 Corinthians.” Biblica 96.1 (2015): 67-84.

“Hellenistic Iconography and Imagery in Daniel 12:5-13.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 19.2 (2009):127-145.

“Lot’s Wife in the Novels of Mary Anne Sadlier.” Postscripts 5.2 (2009): 155-174.


Book Chapter (*indicates peer-reviewed)

*“Signs in 1 Clement.” In: Cambridge Companion to the Apostolic Fathers, edited by Michael F. Bird and Scott D. Harrower. Cambridge: Cambridge (expected 2019).

*“The Spring as a Civilizing Mechanism in Daphnis and Chloe.” In: Ancient Narrative, edited by David Konstan, Marilia Pinheiro, and Bruce MacQueen. Berlin: De Gruyter (in press).

*“The Phoenix in 1 Clement.” In: Studia Patristica. Leuven: Peeters, forthcoming 2017).

*“Permanent and Temporary Ethnicity in the Esther Scroll.” In: Megilloth Studies, edited by Brad Embry. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2016.

“Suffering the Good: Constructing Solidarity through the Theodicies of Scripture and Thérèse of Lisieux.” In: Suffering, Sacrifice, and Transformation in the Incarnational Theology of Wendy Farley, edited by Mari Kim. Upland: Sopher, 2015.

“Reading the Corinthian Veils through Hijabs and Habits.” In: 1-2 Corinthians, edited by Yung-Suk Kim. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013.


Book Review

Review of Joshua Jipp, Christ Is King: Paul’s Royal Theology. In: Syndicate (expected 2017).

Review of Kristi Upson-Saia, Carly Daniel-Hughes, Alicia J. Batten (eds.), Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity. In: Review of Biblical Literature (2016): http://www.bookreviews.org.

Review of Jeffrey A.D. Weima, 1-2 Thessalonians. In: Review of Biblical Literature (2016): http://www.bookreviews.org.

Review of Sandor Goodhart, The Prophetic Law: Essays in Judaism, Girardianism, Literary Studies, and the Ethical. In: Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 29 (2016): 118-119.

Review of Christopher G. Frechette, Christopher R. Matthews, Thomas D. Stegman (eds.), Biblical Essays in Honor of Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, and Richard J. Clifford, SJ: Opportunity for No Little Instruction. In: Review of Biblical Literature (2016): http://www.bookreviews.org.

Review of Helen Kraus, Gender Issues in Ancient and Reformation Translations of Genesis 1-4. In: Hebrew Studies 53 (2012): 375-377.


Encyclopedia Article

“Syro-Palestinian Art and Architecture.” EBSCO. (2016.)

“Book. III. New Testament.” In: Hans-Josef Klauck et al. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Bible and its Reception 4. New York: De Gruyter, 2011.

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